I saw this title in Medium – Being ‘Busy’ Doesn’t Mean You’re Successful – and had the feeling that I was going to pretty much agree with the content. And I was right. I’m really not a fan of being busy – Especially of being fake busy or of perceiving busyness as a sign of importance or, as the post mentioned, of success.
I looked back at an older post (from nearly 9 years ago!!). And I’d just like to reiterate some quotes and links. Who knows, maybe 9 years from now, if I happen to be swamped or overwhelmed at work, I’ll need a gentle reminder that there’s more to life than being “busy”.
- “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry D. Thoreau
- The Cult of Busy (Mar 2010, Scott Berkun)
- You’re Only as Busy as You Want Yourself to Be (Jun 2009, Jurgen Appelo)
- Being ‘Busy’ Doesn’t Mean You’re Successful (Jul 2019, Darius Foroux)
- Derek Sivers’ notes to “A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy” by William Irvine
- “A good man will not waste himself upon mean and discreditable work or be busy merely for the sake of being busy.” – Seneca
- “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
I keep getting these calendar invites from the recruiter to conduct interviews outside of the schedule I’ve aligned I could be available. Actually, I only aligned for January, but I’m still getting these invites these February but that’s beside the point. Anyways, numerous times, I’ve declined and informed them I’m not available, and I’m only available at so-and-so times. Still, they keep sending those invites. I’ve already come up with a template in my decline response. So I just keep on declining and sending that template reply.
And I’m reminded of that Peter Drucker quote:
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
That I’ve come up with a minor shortcut is pretty useless when what should be addressed in the first place is their scheduling problem. I think it would help more people (or at least annoy fewer people) if they fix that.
On the other hand, I’ve given feedback, I’ve shared my availability. And I’m pretty sure others have as well. But unless they’re willing to listen in the first place (receiving the email with the feedback != listening), there won’t be any change.
Tenet of professionalism: Work 40 hours for your employer and another 20 hours improving yourself. Always increase your own value.
Better train people and risk they leave – than do nothing and risk they stay.
Genuine ignorance is profitable because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish, waterproof to new ideas.
— John Dewey
The danger in communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished.
— George Bernard Shaw